North Carolina man sentenced to 14 years in prison for firearm charge, revocation of supervision

Published 7:40 am Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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A Rocky Mount man was sentenced May 20 to 144 months in prison for possessing a firearm while on post-release supervision for a prior federal felony, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina. The sentence is the result of a federal jury convicting Kalid Koron Ocean-Avent, 24, on a charge of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon on January 26, 2021.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Ocean-Avent, a member of the 9-Trey Bloods in Rocky Mount, led Rocky Mount police officers on a high-speed car chase through a residential neighborhood on January 16, 2020.

“After Ocean-Avent wrecked the car into several parked cars, officers found a firearm and marijuana amongst Ocean-Avent’s belongings,” stated the release. “At the time of the incident, Ocean-Avent was serving a term of post-release supervision stemming from a federal drug charge the year prior.

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“In issuing a 120-month sentence for the conviction and a 24-month consecutive sentence for the revocation of supervision, the Court noted the immediate lack of respect for the law and the danger posed by Ocean-Avent’s repeated criminal behavior,” the release continued.

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Rocky Mount Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys J.D. Koesters and Nick Miller prosecuted.



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